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Data: Questions to Ask Yourself

Source of microdata, aggregate data, and statistics, data vizualization, text and data mining, R programming, SPSS, SAS, Stata

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Is there a government department or organization that would collect your data (e.g. Statistics Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information, RAMQ)? 
  2. Do you need very current or historical data? 
  3. Do you need data over time?
  4. What type of data do you need (demographic, health, vital, environmental hazards, disease)?
  5. What level of geography do you need (national, provincial, city-level, neighbourhood)?
  6. Are you planning to statistically analyze your data?

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